Mound Man Charged with Fleeing Water Patrol in Boat with Infant On-Board

Updated: 07/08/2014 9:23 AM
Created: 07/07/2014 5:15 PM
By: Megan Stewart

A 33-year-old man has been charged with two felonies after leading law enforcement on a water chase on Lake Minnetonka with an infant on-board Friday night.

The incident started around 8:50 p.m. near Crystal Bay. A Hennepin County water patrol boat was on a routine patrol in the area. Officers noticed a 17-foot white speedboat driving erratically and appeared to be circling a woman in the water.

The boat would speed up and slow down, creating wake violations while there were no-wake restrictions in place, according to the criminal complaint.

Officers activated their emergency lights and sirens and started toward the boat.

Authorities say the driver, identified as Ryan Krueger of Mound, had a 9-month-old toddler on his lap that was not wearing a life jacket, the complaint said.

When authorities asked Krueger what was going on, he said the woman, identified as Jamie Marie Schneeweis, the mother of the toddler, was drunk and jumped out of the boat.

Officers pulled Schneeweis out of the water and she told them she jumped out of the boat to get away from Krueger after a domestic incident on the boat.

Schneeweis then yelled at Krueger to put a life jacket on the toddler. He started slowly driving away.

Officers ordered Krueger to stop his boat, telling him he was not free to leave and would be arrested if he continued.

Krueger sped off and led water patrol on a chase, but stopped and was standing near the steering wheel with the toddler on the floor, yelling at the officers.

They attempted to pepper spray Krueger, but he used the toddler as a human shield, the complaint said. He sped off again, without slowing down for other boat traffic.

Several responding officers were eventually able to block Krueger in and and board his boat. He had to be subdued with pepper spray before he was arrested and taken into custody. He registered a 0.15 BAC.

Krueger told investigators he knew water patrol was chasing him, but he didn't stop because he didn't want to hand the child over.

Krueger is facing charges of fleeing a peace officer, terroristic threats, child endangerment, and operating a motorboat under the influence of alcohol, which is a gross misdemeanor DWI offense.

Ryan Krueger
Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

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